I liked this one very much. It was slow to develop, but unlike our normal lives the people we want gone were gone here and the people you hope work things out actually do.
From the absent minded wife to the cheating wife..the poor guy whose wife was leaving got out of his misery rather quickly and the young couple with the school teacher and the very hot dancer ended up well. The only bad one to get off was the carnival hocker, but he wasn't all that bad of a fellow after all. He would have gone off to prison, but got another chance at it while the blackmailer got his in the end.
I enjoyed it very much indeed. 5 stars despite the slow development.
Something odd was the opening credits the way they singly show each bus rider and his or her family and/or acquaintences.. That is very unusual.
I downloaded this film secretly expecting some gory scenes. After all, it does have the same name as the American series "Friday the 13th", with Jason Voorhees and his chainsaw.
Well, I was wrong. No chainsaws here.
But this film isn't bad. It has its subtle charm. The film manages to create an aura of intimacy with you (Much like a handful of other British films of that era). So I give it five stars. I had to watch the first half of the movie twice to better understand the context(s).
I'm not sure it deserves 5 whole stars, but in comparison with other films here it surely does.
September 9, 2010 Subject:
Meh, but give it a chance, we all like different things, right?
It wasn't exactly awful, but it was close.
The story premise was a good one, and the acting wasn't all that bad.
It's a story of a bus crash, then what happened right before the crash that put all of the passengers on the bus in the first place, then the crash again, then what happened after the crash... I found it convoluted trying to keep who's who straight and yet still a bit on the droll side.
I almost turned it off, but started to watch it once before and the phone rang, and I never finished it, so I was determined this time, even though it kind of started dragging on, to finish it.
I really think it's only worth 2.5 stars, but halfsies aren't an option and I don't want to discourage other viewers because my tastes are very particular, so I'll give it three stars, but this one really was kind of dullsville.
Points for Jessie Matthews being in this though, she SO reminds me of a super young Liza Minnelli.